Parcels Sent Now May Not Arrive By Xmas
A shocking photo (above) of an Australia Post distribution centre in Melbourne crammed with undelivered parcels has sparked widespread fear that parcels sent now might not make their destinations by Christmas.
The picture, sent to radio station 3AW, even caused Australia Post general manager of corporate affairs, Michelle Skehan, to admit the situation “looks a little bit terrifying”, telling 3AW Breakfast that, “It is very orderly and they are massive facilities, but look, it’s not a great situation we’ve found ourselves in.
“Even last year when we had workforce restrictions in our facilities … we could send things up to Sydney,” she explained.
Licensed Post Office Group Executive Director Angela Cramp told 2GB that those hoping their parcels arrive for Christmas should “go early, go early – do it now”, explaining she couldn’t assure the delays would be fixed by December 25.
“Well that’s the big question, isn’t it? Australia Post is desperately looking for more staff, we definitely need more people to get in here and help.
“We have seen unprecedented need from Australia Post. We are down to last man standing, private couriers are not taking any more parcels so everyone is just using Australia Post where they can.”
Australia Post has created more than 4,000 new jobs nationally ahead of Christmas, including 3,500 jobs in deliveries.